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  • Football for a Buck

  • The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL
  • By: Jeff Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 90

The United States Football League was the last football league to not merely challenge the mighty NFL but also to cause it to collectively shudder. It spanned three seasons, featured as many as 18 teams, secured multiple television deals, drew millions of fans, and launched the careers of legends - but then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner, a New York businessman named Donald Trump. Jeff Pearlman draws on more than 400 interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports entities to have ever captivated America.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear it to believe it. Incredible!

  • By Tanya White on 09-27-18

Not Enough Pages

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-18

I wish there were more pages. I enjoyed it a great deal, and I am sorry it didn't last longer. I enjoyed the USFL when it was here in Arizona. At the time, we only had one professional team -- the Phoenix Suns. Having the Arizona Wranglers/Outlaws/Whatevers gave sports fans in the Valley something to cheer. I just enjoyed having spring football. This book is interesting, funny and sad, and just very, very interesting. It also accurately describes drumpf as a stupid businessman, and unfortunately, an even stupider leader of this country. G-d help us all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Injustices

  • The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted
  • By: Ian Millhiser
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Few American institutions have inflicted greater suffering on ordinary people than the Supreme Court of the United States. Since its inception the justices of the Supreme Court have shaped a nation where children toiled in coal mines, where Americans could be forced into camps because of their race, and where a woman could be sterilized against her will by state law.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is It HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY ? It Depends !

  • By James on 04-01-15

Good but depressing

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This book is a fairly quick listen but very disheartening if you believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you believe in misogyny, white supremacy and bigotry, this book will make you very happy

  • North

  • By: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
  • Narrated by: Scott Jurek, Jenny Jurek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

 Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed, accomplished on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of ultrarunning's elite events over the course of his career. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt an urgent need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a wholly unique challenge, one that would force him to grow as a person and as an athlete: breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey diminished by off putting profiles

  • By Carl on 06-03-18

Wonderful story

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Reviewed: 10-03-18

It's not really about running but it is about persevering. It's about sacrifice and friendships, too. I really enjoyed this book. I like hearing Jenny's view of the trek. It's pretty humorous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strangers on a Bridge

  • The Case of Colonel Abel
  • By: James Donovan
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In the early morning of February 10, 1962, James B. Donovan began his walk toward the center of the Glienicke Bridge, the famous "Bridge of Spies" that then linked West Berlin to East. With him walked Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, master spy and for years the chief of Soviet espionage in the United States. Approaching them from the other side, under equally heavy guard, was Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 spy plane pilot famously shot down by the Soviets, whose exchange for Abel Donovan had negotiated.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good beginning, terrible middle, great ending

  • By Bryant Naylor on 03-01-16

Book is better than the movie

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Reviewed: 06-04-18

A few weeks ago, I happened to see the movie, Strangers on a Bridge, starring Tom Hanks. It was a pretty good movie, or at least I thought it was. I discovered that the movie and then based on this book. I decided to listen to this book. I didn’t realize how long the book was, but it turned out to be excellent. The narrator was great. The book was Infinitely better than the movie. I would highly recommend this.

  • Finding Gobi

  • A Little Dog with a Very Big Heart
  • By: Dion Leonard, Craig Borlase
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing story!

  • By EF on 06-14-17

Wonderful

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Reviewed: 05-19-18

What a great book. It quickly grabs your attention. It’s hard to “put down.” A great story and I’m glad Gobi was found

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let Your Mind Run

  • A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
  • By: Deena Kastor, Michelle Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Deena Kastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 614

Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive method - run as hard as possible, for fear of losing - fostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinking - shaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilient - could make her faster than she’d ever imagined possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By steve finkelstein on 05-19-18

Great book

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Reviewed: 05-19-18

If you ever seen Deena Kastor, she seems to smile A LOT. After reading the book, I now know that the smile reflects her way of thinking. I am not a positive thinking person. Sometimes I get put off by people who are overly positive. But that says more about me than it does about them. The thing I discovered in this book is that I could be positive, too. In my running. In the way I interact with people. In the way I live my life. I’m kind of an old fart, but I’m also willing to try new things that will make my life hopefully more enjoyable. This is a very enjoyable book, even if you don’t run. I would highly recommend it. Thanks, Ms. Kastor. Great job!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

Frightening and Frustrating

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Reviewed: 04-24-18

This is the most frightening book I can ever remember reading (or listening). It should be required reading for everybody. I also find it very depressing because we have an idiot in charge of this country with a Congress full of enablers and syncophants. Who knows what else Russia will do to the USA. I also find it very frustrating. How can anyone believe that there was no collusion!? I just don’t get it. The one benefit I can see from this book is that I can now read Stephen King’s horror books without any fear or trepidation

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,631

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Love it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

It took a few chapters to get hooked by the book, but once I did, it was great. I enjoyed the different characters and how they were surviving. The narrators did a wonderful job. I also liked the stories of how the book was created and how the family was doing. Congratulations to all for an excellent production.

  • Dark Alliance

  • The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion
  • By: Gary Webb
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One - the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about - without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight to history

  • By Ken on 06-07-14

Great Listen

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Reviewed: 02-23-18

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It’s amazing what a government will do in the name of patriotism. It’s also sad what some journalists will do to report what the government wants as opposed to reporting the truth.
I do have a few complaints. First, Lawton Chiles last name rhymes with miles rather than sounding a type of pepper. Secondly, Bo Gritz last name rhymes with fights. It’s not a bowl of grits.

  • Daily Rituals

  • How Artists Work
  • By: Mason Currey
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064

Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing else like this one

  • By Debra B on 10-23-14

Worthless

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Seems I should be drinking and eating to excess. What a waste of time and money.